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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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An old friend...
Many years ago I had a mate who owned one of the worst cars ever produced. This was a Citroen Visa. The 1970s equivalent of a 2CV with a similar engine and less styling.

Now his uncle had replaced said engine with the 4 cylinder block from an AX but apart from that the car was a total bodge job.

The clutch was so badly fucked it was smoother to just change gear without it. In fact, it was possible to go up the box with your foot on the throttle flat out. Like the worst F1 car ever. As a result of this, the gearbox was so mashed up that to put it in reverse you had to literally put the gear stick horizontal between the seats, no word of a lie.

The fuel gauge didn't work. Which left us in the middle of a main road junction at rush hour, pushing the damn thing.

The starter motor failed one day and for some reason he pushed bits of blue tack into it... which worked.! Don't ask me how but it did.

One of our other friends used to drive a Pug 309 which was so prone to overheating he used to have to leave the heater on. Full. During a summer notorious for high air temperatures. It was like climbing into an arson attack.

And finally, when fitting 6x9 speakers into the back of another friends Fiat Panda (don't even ask) we had no where to attach them until we found we could screw them into the body support frames next to the back seat. I swear they functioned more to hold the car together than to allow sound to issue forth.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 10:01, 5 replies)
"like climbing into an arson attack"
Have a click for that.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 15:28, closed)

(, Sun 13 Mar 2011, 12:35, closed)
Come come
The Visa was the equivalent of a Peugeot... erm... 104. The 1970s equivalent of the 2CV was the Dyane.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2011, 23:36, closed)
You are of course correct, I meant 1980s, before the AX appeared. Well spotted. I hated the Dyane too... lol. I do have a vivid recollection of being at school and two very butch community police officers squeezing their frames out of a Dyane before a talk to us on drugs/bumming each other/setting fire to things. Y'know.
(, Mon 14 Mar 2011, 20:13, closed)
2cv gentlmen start your engines
at the Focus exhibition a couple years ago one stand had a race prepared 2cv on there stand there may have been a scantily clad woman on there as well, but for reasons that disgust me i only took photos of the race ready 2cv
(, Sun 13 Mar 2011, 21:54, closed)

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